524-yard par-4 eleventh at Alpine! (Photo by Robert S. Fagan)
Set on a healthy 7,541-yard frame from the tips, the scenic Alpine Golf Resort comes with lots of punch; even for an experienced player. The smooth fairways and well maintained putting surfaces provide a satisfying visual contrast to the rough and bright white sand.
Although there are a lot of water hazards to contend with, the course resembles the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass. Moreover, the next hole is just as problematic as it is a Cape Hole to the right in which you gauge how much of the water you want to cut off. Other players have mentioned previously that the entire course is designed far too long. For the record, the Black, Blue, and White tee markers register at 7,541, 7,174, and 6,814 yards while the forward tees are even 5,835 yards. I’m not sure why, as there is no altitude assist here.
Hit the land on Alpine’s “Island Par-3 Green” or else! (Photo by Robert S. Fagan)
The course stands as a challenge for a beginner or novice player, but even from the white tees carry plenty of punch. The 11th is an uphill beast of a par-four measuring up to 524 yards. Again why it is so long is a mystery where even the white tees have it at 475 yards. For my money, the short second at 393 yards and the 590-yard sixth and 456-yard ninth were all attention-getters. In fact, the entire course is.
Friendly caddies await you at Alpine Golf Resort. (Photo by Robert S. Fagan)
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About Bob Fagan:
Bob Fagan features one of the most interesting backgrounds in golf. Not only it is likely that Bob has played more golf courses than any living person, he has been an accomplished player and instructor, innovative golf and life coach, PGA Section Executive Director, golf company executive, “Expert Golf Witness,” and, of course, a highly acclaimed golf writer.